How To Keep Your Diamond Engagement Ring Sparkling Clean!

Your engagement ring is probably one of the most expensive and valuable pieces of jewellery you will ever own. While we all usually try our best to preserve its shiny lustre for the first few months, caring for your diamond engagement ring can be difficult. If you wear your ring everyday, it's absolutely necessary to maintain it daily. Most of our day to day activities expose the ring and precious stone to dirt, causing it lose its sparkling appeal. Here are some useful tips to clean your ring to keep it constantly looking brand new as ever.

Avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach, chlorine, or household cleaners. These chemicals can damage the sheen of the metal while abrasives can scratch gold and other metals. Instead, stick to two household staples: soap and warm water.

Fill a small bowl with warm water, add a squeeze of dishwashing liquid. Gently stir the solution and drop your ring into the bowl for 15 minutes. This will remove any dirt it has attracted and loosen any oil, lotion, or other residue build-up. After 15 minutes, take your ring out from the solution and gently rinse under a tap. Do make sure that you secure the sink hole with a plug to avoid the risk of dropping your ring down the drain! If there is still some residue left, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub. Dry your ring with a soft cotton cloth and leave to dry for 15 to 30 minutes.

To keep your diamond engagement ring looking beautiful, make an effort to clean it at least once a week. This will prevent grime from building up, especially if you lead an active lifestyle.

While you might think it's perfectly harmless to apply lotions or creams while wearing your ring, it is actually one of the most common reasons for your diamond to lose its sparkle. Think of it as smearing lotion all over a mirror. After some days, dirt will stick to the cream and form a layer, preventing light from getting through. And remember, a diamond needs light to sparkle!

Have your diamond engagement ring professionally cleaned once a year. Yes, you can definitely clean your ring at home but professional diamond jewellers have appropriate tools and are skilled in ensuring that your stone is thoroughly cleaned. Jewellers generally have an ultrasonic cleaner that allows for an intensive clean and enables them to get into all those hard-to-reach spots. In addition, a jeweller can also inspect your ring's settings to ensure that the shape and precious stones are in place and well secured. Most jewellers gladly offer cleaning services so don't hesitate to enquire. 

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